PLEASE AVENGE THE BOYS OF '94; Record-Breaker: Paterson Will Become the Most Capped Player in Scotland's History When He Wins His 88th Cap in Buenos Aires This Evening

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PLEASE AVENGE THE BOYS OF '94; Record-Breaker: Paterson Will Become the Most Capped Player in Scotland's History When He Wins His 88th Cap in Buenos Aires This Evening


Byline: ROB ROBERTSON

FOURTEEN years ago, long before Kenny Logan got it into his head hecould dance, he travelled with a young, injury-hit Scotland squad to take onArgentina.

Fresh-faced and full of youthful enthusiasm, he firmly believed the sidecoached by Dougie Morgan could become the first Scottish outfit to win anofficial Test in South America.

Unfortunately for the man who went on to compete in Come Dancing, the tourturned out to be as stumbling as his quick-step. The food was bad, theaccommodation only just tolerable and Scotland were led a merry dance of theirown by referee Wayne Erickson in the second Test.

Scotland had narrowly lost the first encounter 16-15, which gave them a bit ofhope they could win the second Test in Buenos Aires.

Unfortunately for Logan and the rest of the Scotland team, they were on the endof one of the worst refereeing decisions in rugby history.

In one of the most memorable examples of underhand tactics in world sport,Argentina somehow managed to sneak an extra man on to the field of play. Well,to be exact, they sent on a substitute without dragging any other player off.

To make matters worse, the '16th man' charged down a late drop goal attemptthat would have most probably won Scotland a game they lost 19-17.

' There is nothing I would love more this weekend than to hear that the ladshave won in Buenos Aires, because that defeat back in 1994 was one of the mostinfuriating episodes in my career,' said Logan.

' We were trailing by two points going into the final stages of the game but wewere pressing hard and believed we could get the winning score.

' All of a sudden, we sussed that they had an extra guy on the park as one oftheir substitutes had come on and nobody had gone off.

' It was several minutes before we persuaded the Kiwi referee to count thelight blue and white hooped jerseys and he sent the extra man packing, but bythat time it was too late.

' Kevin McKenzie had launched a speculative drop at goal but the Argentinian16th man jumped full-stretch to divert it wide of the posts. Everyone was madwith the ref afterwards, but all he did was shrug his shoulders and say therehad been communication problems with the Argentinian players.

' After the final whistle, we couldn't help believing that we had been upagainst 17 men during that crucial timeif you include the referee.' Logan hopes Scotland used up all their bad luck inArgentina back in 1994 and believes their prospects are brighter this timeround, especially after coach Frank Hadden' s decision to ditch stand-off DanParks in favour of Phil Godman.

' Scotland's recent problems have been their inability to turn pressure intotries and they have been forced to rely on the boot of Chris Paterson toomuch,' said Logan. …

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